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Rep Richard Morrissette pushes bill for “voter owned” elections

In Oklahoma Legislation on January 26, 2011 at 6:43 am

Fight continues to “fix” campaign financing

editorial Jan 24, 2011 The Oklahoma

State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, has gifted us with a proposal to make Oklahoma the eighth state to enact a “voter-owned” (publicly financed) elections bill. He chose Thursday for the launch because it was the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, the one in which Kennedy urged Americans to ask not what their country can do them but to ask what they can do for their country. In Morrissette’s mind, this remark was about people running for office at taxpayer expense rather than, say, joining the Peace Corps or the U.S. Marine Corps.

Read more: http://newsok.com/fight-continues-to-fix-campaign-financing/article/3534313#ixzz1C7UaFvFf

2011 Oklahoma Legislature Files 2229 Bills

In Oklahoma Legislation on January 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

From OK-Safe’s blog;

Sure glad the Republican led Oklahoma legislature is serious about “smaller, smarter government”.

Between the OK House and Senate 2229 bills have been filed: 1217 by the House, and 1012 by the Senate.  The deadline for filing was Thursday, January 20, 2011 and apparently all 101 House members and 48 Senators made the deadline.

A preliminary glance does not reveal many repealer bills.  Too bad for us.

The 2011 Oklahoma Legislative session begins on Monday, February 7, 2011.

Better start reading.

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OK-SAFE Training Sessions – OKC and Tulsa

In activism on January 11, 2011 at 10:49 pm

OK-SAFE Training Sessions – OKC and Tulsa

The Oklahoma Legislative Session begins on Monday, February 7, 2011,  runs for 16 weeks, and ends on May 27, 2011.

Building on last year’s citizen training, OK-SAFE will be conducting 2 training sessions entitled Citizen Involvement in the Legislative Process.
These meetings are subject-specific, and graduated by level of ability and interest.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own computers, note-taking material, and refreshments as these are working meetings.
  • Date: Saturday, January 15, 2011
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: The Village Library, 10307 N. Penn Ave., The Village, OK (North Oklahoma City).
  • Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Location: The HQ Building, 1008-B N. Hickory Ave., Broken Arrow, OK.

Preliminary Agenda is detailed below.

1st Hour -

  • Introductory – The Basics. 1) Overview of the OK Legislative Process; 2) Identifying your legislator; 3) Contact information and lists; 4) Writing emails; 5) Making the OK Legislature and OSCN websites your home pages.

2nd Hour –

  • Intermediate -Building on Hour 1. 1) The legislative process, including interim studies, bills introduced, bill committee assignments; 2) The committee process; when to advocate for a bill; 3) Creating group email lists for House and Senate; 4) Understanding the role of Speaker/ Pro-Temp, Floor Leader, and Whips.

3rd Hour –

  • Advanced - Taking off the Rose-Colored Glasses. 1) Understanding political doublespeak, i.e, smaller, smarter government, small business, advanced, quality job, knowledge-based economy; 2) How to read a bill with understanding; which OK titles of law to examine; 3) The Quality Jobs Program Act; PrimeWIN; OSU-UML, the ‘contract verifier’ for OK; 4) Tax incentives; who is benefiting from the passage of legislation.

These meetings are free and open to the public; we are suggesting, however, a small donation to cover cost of printed material.

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